The council first voted to purchase a new Automated External Defibrillator for the fire department. The current models that the department has are older and will no longer be serviced or updated after next year. The company will also no longer manufacture part for the existing system. The new model will be compliant with American Heart Association guidelines and will be purchased out of the fire department’s bank account. It will cost about $2,800. The council voted unanimously to make the purchase.
The council also voted to purchase two hand-held intoxilizer breath test units for determining blood alcohol level. The department currently relies on field sobriety tests. Police Chief John Duchock said that this will add another tool for officers to determine if someone is intoxicated. Each unit costs just over $500 and will be purchased from the correction fund.
“I think if you have the money for it, and you need it, you should get it,” council member Clyde Nix said, before making the motion to purchase the items.
Council members Nix, Donnie Burns, Betty Sanders and Gary Thomas voted yes. Hezekiah Walker abstained from the vote and Nick Isbell and Kristie Tuggle were absent from the meeting.
In other business:
•Duchock updated the council on his department’s activities. According to police records, in 2009 108 cases were investigated and 11 were closed. So far in 2012, there have been 435 investigations opened and 392 closed. His department has also made 50 drug arrests in the last two months, on both felonies and misdemeanors.
“We’ve made several felony arrests, but they vary from month to month,” Duchock said. “We’ve started prosecution on all of them.”
•City Clerk Cindy Vines updated the council on her progress on the backlogged city financial records.
“The CPA has all the documents he needs for the audit,” Vines told the council.
She has also updated and reconciled the city’s Quickbooks, accounts payable, the employees retirement fund and the payroll accounts, among other things.
•The council also voted to establish a high school golf program for local high school golf teams. Cordova, Dora, Sumiton Christian and Corner high school golf team members can golf through the summer at the Horsecreek Golf Course for just $100. Golf course manager Jack Bergsieker recommended the program to the council.
•The council was informed that the fire department’s new rescue truck is being striped currently and should be in service next week.
•The council asked that Mayor Chris Edwards get estimates for replacing heating and air units at the city’s civic center and replacing light bulbs at the city’s park.